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by Johnny Lee
April 10th, 2011, 6:42 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: What do you do well?
Replies: 37
Views: 4195

Re: What do you do well?

Great post Chris. We are defently on the same page. I realy DO enjoy playing... Ive had bad times in the past when I just wasnt getting it, and got so upset about it, I put it down.. Im still a very early stages player, but now Ive gotten to the point that I realy do enjoy it all the time, and I ha...
by Johnny Lee
April 10th, 2011, 6:38 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: structuring a solo
Replies: 13
Views: 2975

Re: structuring a solo

Good solos definitely tell a "story". They're like little mini-adventures (not freebird).

The most important thing is 1) drop the ego 2) use your "ear". If it sounds good, it's a good solo. Bottom line. You just know. If it's crap, don't be afraid to admit it.
by Johnny Lee
April 10th, 2011, 6:32 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: What is a "Lead Scale"
Replies: 10
Views: 1974

Re: What is a "Lead Scale"

I too suspect that this is just some clever marketing term given to a typical pentatonic scale or major scale for the purposes of playing "lead". That's the first thing that would come to mind when I think lead scale. Maybe one that goes diagonally even.
by Johnny Lee
April 7th, 2011, 5:22 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Beginner guitarist - What do I learn now HELP ????????
Replies: 17
Views: 3340

Re: Beginner guitarist - What do I learn now HELP ????????

Take your difficult chord changing and for the beginning practice on them only. A lot of player "practice" a lot on what they already have and not on what they worst in and by that they waste a lot of practice time. That's so true. I think it's great to review stuff, so you don't forget, but if tha...
by Johnny Lee
April 7th, 2011, 5:15 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Guitar-in-a-nutshell.com
Replies: 12
Views: 15175

Re: Guitar-in-a-nutshell.com

That's the thing, you might want to just do this: Pick a song you really like. See if it's easy to play. Just has a few chords. Then learn it. Learn it really well. Repeat. Learning guitar doesn't have to be complicated. You just need to play the stuff you like, and start out with the easiest stuff ...
by Johnny Lee
April 7th, 2011, 5:08 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Lessons to jam not to become a musician
Replies: 30
Views: 4570

Re: Lessons to jam not to become a musician

Not sure if this needs to be said but I think it's important: Learn the songs WELL. My big mistake starting out was not learning the entire song, and not learning it to the point where I could play it on demand. If you don't get to that point with whatever you learn, it's kind of a waste. Every song...
by Johnny Lee
April 7th, 2011, 4:59 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Beginner's books and beginner's playing: observation and que
Replies: 28
Views: 3161

Re: Beginner's books and beginner's playing: observation and

Rhythm is hard enough to teach already, even in person. Now teaching rhythm in a book is clearly quite a challenge. I really think the way rhythm is learned is just by listening to music a lot, then experimenting with different ones. Over time, you just develop a feel.
by Johnny Lee
April 7th, 2011, 4:54 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: What do you do well?
Replies: 37
Views: 4195

Re: What do you do well?

Couldn't agree more with the 4 points above. I think you get to a certain point and you just realize that you gotta have fun on the guitar, or what's the point? Sometimes I think we forget that the guitar is for making music. That should be our focus at all times. Not how many notes per second we ca...
by Johnny Lee
April 6th, 2011, 8:53 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: How important are scales?
Replies: 34
Views: 14049

Re: How important are scales?

So making music with them is what makes them ‘stick' for me, not trying to memorise boxes off charts. Yeah, that's exactly how it works. It's a scientific fact that the brain learns better when there's a context to the thing you're learning. It's easy to remember that way. It's like trying to mem...
by Johnny Lee
April 6th, 2011, 8:48 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: What do you do well?
Replies: 37
Views: 4195

Re: What do you do well?

I'm pretty good a coming up with neat stuff on guitar that sounds interesting. Not a super technical player, but I can get really creative sometimes.
by Johnny Lee
April 6th, 2011, 8:44 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Improving rhythm guitar playing
Replies: 16
Views: 2508

Re: Improving rhythm guitar playing

I found a cool article yesterday on how to improve rhythm. http://sharemyguitar.com/blog/smg-guita ... on-rhythm/ *** Moderator Edit: I tried to read this article and it wouldn't load. ***

I agree with most of it. Playing with other people and along to songs is my preferred way.
by Johnny Lee
April 5th, 2011, 2:24 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: How important are scales?
Replies: 34
Views: 14049

Re: How important are scales?

I pratice scales buy spending a short time running through them when I start, then spend a wile taking those scales, and try to turn them into a solo/song/tune. Helps me get the scales down, but also teaches me a lot more, and keeps me learning and interested. If you're making music with your pract...
by Johnny Lee
April 5th, 2011, 2:20 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: --> Share things you've learned about guitar
Replies: 385
Views: 184960

Re: What you've learned about guitar (including my 800 days)

A major thing is that I need to be focused on enjoying the guitar. Not using it as a platform for demonstrating how awesome I am at making sounds from strings and wood. That was huge for me to realize. I've learned the importance of working on something until you get it right. This didn't use to hap...
by Johnny Lee
April 5th, 2011, 10:33 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: How important are scales?
Replies: 34
Views: 14049

Re: How important are scales?

Hey, thought this'd be a good place to chime in. I started out playing a lot of theory/exercises including scales. 1. they were boring 2. it wasn't music Then I began just learning lots of solos and licks. That's when things actually started to click and make sense. Plus, it sounded good and kept me...
by Johnny Lee
April 5th, 2011, 10:13 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Hey from NYC
Replies: 1
Views: 700

Hey from NYC

Hey guys, I'm Johnny. Just signed up and thought I'd introduce myself. I'm from Queens, NYC (it's raining here today). Music has been a passion of mine since forever. Been playing guitar on and off for a few years, and have recently gotten more dedicated. It's been a great ride so far, despite the c...